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The German government announced on Wednesday that more of its websites, including that of the Chancellery, were victims of a major cyber attack, which was claimed by a group of pro-Russian Ukraine. The information was made public by an Executive spokesman Steffen Seibert, reports Reuters. The affected sites include one of Bundestag (www.bundestag.de), and one of the Chancellery in Berlin (www.bundeskanzlerin.de), which were not loaded starting at 10.00 local.

Furthermore, pro-Russian hacker group CyberBerkut claimed the attack, saying that it has to do with visiting Prime Minister of the German capital Kiev, Arseniy Yatsenyuk. In a post on their website, the group accused Yatsenyuk of seeking money from the European Union and International Monetary Fund to extend the war in eastern Ukraine, not to rebuild the country.

“That’s why we appeal all people and government of Germany [sic] to stop financial and political support of criminal regime in Kiev, which unleashed a bloody civil war. We are CyberBerkut! We will not forget! We will not forgive!”  they reports.

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“Yatsenyuk needs money to extend the war and not to restore collapsed infrastructure of our country. This war has already taken thousands of lives, and Yatsenyuk will kill more for your money!” a message on CyberBerkut’s website read, according to Deutsche Welle.

Steffen Seibert, a spokesman for Merkel, called it a “serious attack clearly caused by a multitude of external systems” but did not want to say who was behind the attack.

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